Please welcome Joy from "Unfolding Your Path to Joy"as our guest today. Joy lives on a sailboat with her two children in California. She will make your heart smile…guaranteed!
Oh I am so LOL!!! (laughing out loud!)
I had a post all ready for Tess. A post about embracing the moment, creating your own abundance–fantastic, well written….I wrote this post a few weeks ago, edited it, let it marinate a bit, then came back to review it before sending it off.
You won't guess what happened, so I will tell you. I kid you not–right as I had the words of this fine post highlighted and ready to send…a boat went by down the harbor channel and sent the littlest of currents my way–enough to knock me offline and because the words were highlighted my entire post was erased!!!
I thought–fantastic, absolutely Divinely Fantastic!!! And my smile is huge..because you see *that* is truly how I believe my life works– I can be doing my absolute best, making sure all that I am sharing is as good as can be, minding my own business and then–BAM–the littlest of unexpected currents barely taps me, but it's enough to send me the tiniest smidgen off course which then ricochets throughout my life.
I think sometimes the current is God sent/Universe sent, and I think sometimes the current is manmade and then God/the Universe uses it. But the fact is, the current is often there.
How do I deal with the current? Mmm..I laugh, because overall there is usually something initially funny about it, and my heart delights in humor. When I am in good spirits, I am peace-filled and calm and can think in a clear rational manner.
Then, I choose to find the lesson, and use the Energy from it to share and move forward. Now, in the above example I could have cursed technology, fellow boaters, tourists (because common knowledge is that *tourists* cause all trouble here, surely not ever the regulars *grin*), God/the Universe/myself for choosing to live on a boat…could have let it build and build and carry that weight around until I couldn't move/couldn't see past the dark clouds forming….
What I chose to do was understand that most likely the words I wrote were significant to me, but not meant to be shared. To then give praise that I have a computer (because until a few months ago I was without a computer for three years) and that the WiFi gives me more access than I've had previously. I chose to laugh at the humor. Then I chose to release it, wait a few days, and write again. Here I am 🙂
Of course, the example I chose to share is quite light-hearted; in the scheme of things a lost post is truly forgettable–however, I use the same technique in all situations that a current unexpectedly knocks me off course. I think whoa where did *that* come from????
I assess the damage, then give praise for what I still have, then I ask for a blessing to heal/repair/transform what was wounded/broken/lost…..I find the humor in it–humor is essential to me. I then release it all. I use the Energy to move on.
I share this with you, because the recent story of Abby Sunderland and her experience on this leg of her ocean voyage really touched my heart. Abby is a local teenager who decided to follow in her brother's footsteps and sail singlehandedly (meaning solo) nonstop (meaning without pulling into port) around the world.
I love Abby, I fully support Abby. Besides accolades, she and her parents received much criticism for her decision. *That* would be another post. This post is about Abby's dramatic knock down. You see, she found herself in the Indian Ocean during hurricane season…in 60mph wind gusts, 30 ft waves…can you imagine those conditions???? I thrive on sailing in heavy weather, but the worst I've been in was 8 ft waves, 50mph wind gusts and that scared me through and through…
The thing is…when you find yourself in a boat in 30 ft waves (or even 8 ft waves..or really any wave), even if you are afraid…you need to keep your wits about you.
The reports say that Abby's boat surely capsized, was upside down, the mast broke and was dragging..but guess what??? Abby stayed on the boat. She rode those waves, she exercised her knowledge..perhaps she prayed….but she didn't quit.
She didn't say you know what this is too much, I can't do it, I've had enough, demasted wasn't in my plans…she didn't have that choice…because the conditions were going to remain the same even if she quit…Just like I don't have that choice in my own life. When I find myself in the midst of huge waves– a potentially damaging situation–I cannot just quit, decide you know what it's too much, I can't do it, I've had enough, *this* wasn't in my plans…Nope.
And neither will you just quit–I know this because you are reading Tess' blog which encourages you to be bold…
Now you may say there are some times a person should quit. Yes, I agree–but when you are being blown about, sent topsy turvy, *that* is the time to hang on to what you know…after–when life is calm, you are rested and well fed, when you may access your heart…that is the time to decide how to proceed.
Of course, while you are actually in it you technically do have a choice…to quit or to move forward. Have you ever tried to quit while you're being buffeted about??? The conditions remain the same, but your perspective adds to the severity, actually makes it worse. Have you ever decided you know this might stink but I'm going to walk through it best as I can? The conditions remain the same, but all of a sudden it doesn't feel quite as bad, it feels almost doable.
Each moment I have a choice–to praise or to curse. I choose praise. A choice to create abundance or to bemoan my lack of. I choose to create abundance.
Praise and abundance are like butterflies and glitter…transforming, allowing for beauty, for more than to fill my space. My wish for you is that every single day you access *your* butterflies and glitter…sprinkle them all over your moments, all over your life….because truly, truly each moment is precious…and may be joy filled if you allow your heart to remain open in all conditions.
I have a new feature on my blog called the joy filled thought of the day. A daily thought that may inspire you to enjoy a richer, multi- layered life, exactly where you are in the conditions you are in….